Today we’ll keep the plank and add hip dips to get into the obliques. These can start to burn, so take them slow and steady. Start with three rounds (one hip dip on each side) and work up from there.
- Start in your plank (straight arm, forearms or on the knees).
- Inhale deeply. As you exhale, dip the right hip toward the ground, keeping your upper body as stable as possible.
- Inhale and return to center. Exhale, dip your left hip. Inhale back to center.
- Repeat 3 or more full rounds (right and left dips equal one round).
The hip dips work into the oblique muscles of the core, which compresses the abdominal cavity and helps keep everything tucked in. Obliques are also used in twisting and lateral flexion.
If you’re keeping your upper body nice and rigid, you’re also building strength in your shoulders and back.
My twins turn 11 years old today! They have abs of steel and one of them held a plank last summer for half an hour. His form wasn’t perfect, but it was quite inspiring! Happy birthday Kai and Phoenix!
Kimberly Charp is subbing my 9 a.m. vinyasa class today. She’s got lots of core moves. Her 10:30 a.m. class is focused on core strengthening and on the core poses of yoga. Check it out!
Come see me at 4:30 today for Active Recovery at Soul!
Have a great day!